MLL Weekend: Highlights, Recaps from Close of Regular Season
The playoffs are set for next weekend, as top seed Rochester will host Ohio and Denver will host New York in the semifinals, the first time the two playoff rounds will be played on different weekends. The winners on Saturday will face off for the Steinfeld Cup one week later, at the home field of Kennisaw State University outside of Atlanta.
Ohio was the last team in, clinching its playoff trip with a win over Florida. Rochester didn't need a win to get in the playoffs, but their win over Boston did clinch the home game. New York defeated Denver, but it wasn't enough to earn the tie-breaker and home game, while the Bayhawks earned the win over the Charlotte Hounds in a rematch of last year's MLL finals.
Ohio 14, Florida 10
The Machine capped a five-game winning streak to earn a playoff berth, its first in franchise history. Marcus Holman scored four goals, Steele Stanwick scored three more and Peter Baum had two and two assists to pace the Machine, who travel to Rochester - which they topped by a pair in a recent game - for the first round.
Rochester 18, Boston 8
Rookies Miles Thompson and Jordan Wolf combined for 11 points, as the Rochester Rattlers stormed out to a 12-2 lead and never looked back, defeating the Boston Cannons 18-8 before 9,281 disappointed fans at Harvard Stadium.
New York 12, Denver 11 (OT)
Long-stick midfielder Kyle Hartzell deposited a feed from Ned Crotty 2:19 into overtime to lift the New York Lizards to a 12-11 victory over the visiting Denver Outlaws.
Chesapeake 19, Charlotte 13
It was little consolation for the two-time defending Major League Lacrosse (MLL) champion, as the Chesapeake Bayhawks concluded their season with a 19-13 victory over the equally-as-disappointed Charlotte Hounds, who lost their last five games and finished winless on the road.
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